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Subject:  Re: What have you owned? Date:  1/10/2004  2:34 PM
Author:  hartam Number:  30442 of 73165

Seatbelts absolutely vary in length. Very much so. For example, VWs (Jetta, Beetle, Golf) have relatively long belts. Volvo is terrible. It's really a car-by-car situation. It is not based on size or price. I could not drive a Lincoln Town Car, but I could drive a Golf. I could drive a Camry, but not an Accord. This probably changes from year to year. This year's Subaru's seem better than last year's.

In Toyota, a Corolla has a longer belt than a Matrix. I could be a passenger in a Matrix (since the seat can be pushed all the way back), but not drive. A Corolla is no problem to drive.

I'm sure your customers are satisfied they can get an extender. You probably never would have seen them if they couldn't. According to Toyota (I think on their web site), if you need an extender you (the person who actually needs the extender) is supposed to measure themselves (Toyota provides a formula of what to measure) and if the numbers come within a certain range Toyota provides an extender. (Maybe you can get it from the dealer with no problems.)

I drive a 95 Ford Escort that has automatic shoulder belt and manual lap belt (both fit fine). Personally, I would never drive in the front seat of vehicle without a seatbelt.

Obviously, everyone who isn't a perfectly average-sized person (tall, short, big, small) will have some issue with comfort in a vehicle. But is seems such a basic safety requirement like a seat belt could be a few inches longer.

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